- The Oxford Handbook of Construction Grammar
- The Oxford Handbook of construction Grammar
- Construction Grammar: Introduction
- Constructionist Approaches
- The Limits of (Construction) Grammar
- Usage-based Theory and Exemplar Representations of Constructions
- Constructions in the Parallel Architecture
- Data in Construction Grammar
- Berkeley Construction Grammar
- Sign-based Construction Grammar
- Fluid Construction Grammar
- Embodied Construction Grammar
- Cognitive Grammar
- Radical Construction Grammar
- Cognitive Construction Grammar
- Morphology in Construction Grammar
- Words and Idioms
- Collostructional Analysis
- Abstract Phrasal and Clausal Constructions
- Information Structure
- Construction Grammar and First Language Acquisition
- Construction Grammar and Second Language Acquisition
- Brain Basis of Meaning, Words, Constructions, and Grammar
- Principles of Constructional Change
- Construction- Based Historical-Comparative Reconstruction
- Corpus-based Approaches to Constructional Change
- Dialects, Discourse, and Construction Grammar
- Constructions in Cognitive Sociolinguistics
- General index
- Index of Constructions
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter examines the neurophysiological plausibility of some of the claims of Construction Grammar with regard to syntactic structures. It suggests that evidence from neuroscience has highly important repercussions for linguistic theory building in general and argues that the constructionist enterprise receives considerable empirical support from neurolinguistic studies. The chapter examines views on the embodiment of grammar in neuronal circuitry and contends that neurological evidence indicates that it makes sense to postulate flexible constructional templates as distinct from lexical construction storage.
Friedemann Pulvermüller worked as Programme Leader at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge; recently he accepted the position of Professor of Neuroscience of Language and Pragmatics at the Freie Universität Berlin. He discovered that the brain discriminates early between meaningful words and senseless pseudowords, and between grammatical and semantic word kinds; he also reported early brain activation patterns indicating the meaning of words and sentences. He has published four books and over 200 articles, putting forward the first neurobiological model of language integrating neurobiological principles with linguistic theory and offering mechanistic nerve cell circuits underpinning language in the human brain. Neuroscience insights were brought to fruit by his work in the development of new treatment procedures for patients with post-stroke aphasia.
Bert Cappelle is a lecturer of English linguistics at the University of Lille Nord de France. He has published a range of journal articles and book chapters on verb-particle constructions in English. In addition, he has collaborated on research projects in the core grammar areas of tense, aspect and modality. His longer-standing research interests include the linguistic representation of motion and change of state, and the tension between convention and innovation in language use.
Yury Shtyrov is Professor, Senior Scientist and the Head of MEG Laboratory at the Medical Research Council’s Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge and currently also a co-director of the Cognitive Brain Research Unit at the University of Helsinki. His research in the field of cognitive neuroscience is centred on investigating neurophysiological dynamics of language processing in the human brain. His particular contribution to this area is in describing early and automatic stages of neural language processing and in establishing functional parallelism for the neural processing of different linguistic information types. He has authored and co-authored dozens of articles in leading neuroscientific journals and book chapters.
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